PotGuide – Bud & Breakfasts, 420 Friendly Lodging & the COVID-19 Impact

“The bud and breakfast concept has slowly but surely gained traction across several United States markets. The 420 friendly lodging space requires significant growth and maturation, as well as time to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite its modest positioning today, several in the cannabis space believe the sector could soon boom.

The Early Cannabis Lodging Scene

Interest in marijuana-friendly lodging began when Colorado first opened its rec market in 2014, without establishing social use venues. As each state passes cannabis reform, the same issue has popped up every time.

Solutions catering to the growing market, namely booking, came online as well. PotGuide was among the first early adopters in establishing online bookings for cannabis-friendly lodging, and while some states have only a few listings, interest has been sustained throughout the time we’ve been hosting lodgings.

Since the early days of legalization, interest in cannabis-friendly lodging has continued to trend upwards; even some hotels have entered the space (though in primarily cautious form). While not explicitly mentioning cannabis in many policies, a growing number of popular hotel lines appear to be relaxing their approach to smoking as long as guests keep consumption discreet.

Consistently, bud and breakfasts and tourism in general are some of the first things consumers ask about when new states pass legalization. Yet, few hospitality offerings have capitalized on the opportunity, and small success stories aside, the industry is still awaiting a tipping point of popularity. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has descended upon the world and put the future of the industry in question, just as newer lodgings were pushing to be the first to break through the barrier. …”

Read the full article by Andrew Ward at PotGuide.com.

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